Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Song of War by Cliff Graham (Limited Early Edition)

Title: Song of War
Author: Cliff Graham
Publisher: Five Stones Media
Pages: 285
ISBN: 978-0-9893376-1-8
Publication Date: August 2013
(Through Five Stone Media's shop)

Synopsis:
Their Enemies Hunt Them
991 B.C.

The city of the Jubusites is though to be impossible to capture. But for David and his fledgling kingdom, there is no choice.

And despite David's success in stopping the invasion of his homeland, the Philistines are still as powerful as ever, and their threat is always looming. For generations they have tormented the people of Israel, and the time has finally come to defeat them once and for all.

As a once-in-a-generation storm ravages the land of Israel, from furious chariot battles to the siege of an impregnable fortress, the Mighty Men must wage war against the Jebusites and the Philistines with everything they have left in order to secure the throne for David.

If they win, a new life will begin. If they fail, all is lost.

Song of War is the third book in the epic Lion of War Series--the intense, gritty, and stylistic portrayal of the Mighty Men of Israel, a ragtag band of warriors who came to King David in his most desperate hour and fought with him while he claimed the throne he was destined to fill. Their legendary deeds are recorded in 2 Samuel 23 and 1 Chronicles 11.

Review:
Torrential rain, injuries, illness, and cold are just some of the obstacles that David and his Mighty Men have to face in Song of War, the third book in the Lion of War series. However, what first looks like hurdles to cross, end up being blessings greater than could ever be imagined. David is favored by God and he is called to fight. What is placed before them is what is needed.

Song of War takes place just weeks after then ending of Covenant of War. The questions that were were left with in the end are all answered...What happens to Eleazar after his injuries in battle? What of Ittai who Eleazar helped escape in his final moments of consciousness? What of Joab after his punishment for his rash actions?

Song of War draws you back into the world of King David and his Giborrim, his thirty mighty me, and The Three. Even when forced to set this book down, I was pulled right back in when I picked it back up. This is not a stand lone book, you need to read Day of War and Covenant of War to keep you in the story. Song of War has many perspectives in the story,  like the previous books, but this one is focused on Shammah's point of view, as Day of War was from Benaiah and Covenant of War was from Eleazar.

David has been given word from God that this is the time to wipe out the Philistines and to finally claim the fortress Jebus, or to some Hebrews, Jerusalem. David has been led to this city, as it is the center point of his new kingdom, to bring the tribes of Israel together in unity, not favoring one place over the other. Jebus has been known to be impregnable, but David knows with the Covering over him and God's Warriors ahead, God's will, will be done.

The battle, the humor, and the praise brought this book to life. Cliff Graham's research of the land and surroundings show through, which add depth. In addition to his own personal knowledge of war fare, the book has a real and gritty feel at times, which is great. War is never pretty and it isn't played down in this series. It is a serious and sometimes needed event in a lifetime and Cliff Graham portrays it well.

It's a fantastic read and I'm looking forward to continue on with the series!
Praise to our God and arrows to the Enemy.

Too Read!
5 out of 5

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